Blog digest: sand, sea, sights—and fabulous Sri Lanka beach food!
top 5 things to do on Sri Lanka’s beaches
KatieCrackernuts says that “as island nations go, Sri Lanka is blessed with beautiful beaches, fabulous seafood and plenty of places to enjoy ocean sports like surfing and diving. Of course, the No.1 to do when visiting Sri Lanka’s beaches is swim, but here’s a few other things you might like to try”.
If you want to watch the sun go down, “plan to hit Negombo’s west-facing public beach about an hour before sundown to enjoy the festivities. Families gather on the beach to splash about in the shallows, build sand castles and dig deep moats that fill when the water rushes in”.
But it’s the food that really hits the spot, and she highlights beach food, where “the smell of hot coconut oil and deep fried lentil patties, or vadai, soft shelled crab and other cheap seafood eats wafts down across the sands”. Mmm, sounds good!
Nilaveli Beach, your escape to paradise
Sri Lanka Travel Blog says that “with a long stretch of sandy beaches and the sapphire ocean kissing the shore while the tall palms sway with the breeze, Nilaveli is a stunning travel destination in the tropical paradise”.
Sports lovers can thrill to parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins and whales, sailing and kayaking”, all the while “blessed with blissful sunny days where you can play in the sun and tan beautifully anytime of the year!”
Meanwhile, “Pigeon Island is one of the top tourist destinations! Not only can you spot tropical bird species, you can also go snorkeling in and around the beautiful island. Also, you can also go diving, and this will probably be one of your most memorable events of this trip!”
Exploring The Best of Sri Lanka’s East Coast
GlobalHelpSwap says that “the east coast of Sri Lanka has a very different vibe than the west and south of the island. It feels more authentic and local and you are more likely to share the beach with fishermen than other tourists. This is an area where tradition thrives”.
Arugam Bay “is dominated by surf tourism (many consider the area to be the best in the country) which gives the area a chilled out vibe but with a local feel. There are only a few hundred people living here so if you stay here long enough you will become a local too!”
And to make a change from the beach, Kumana National Park (aka Yala East) is a must-visit “famous for its bird life, so if you are a twitcher, this place is for you. Just head straight to the lookout at the mangrove swamp and enjoy the gathering below”.
6 Reasons Sri Lanka Needs To Be On Your Travel Radar
AWOL agrees that “being an island and all, Sri Lanka is surrounded by the sea, sand and surf – and pretty epic surf at that. The long right break at the southern end of this laid-back surf town is considered by most to be Sri Lanka’s finest”.
Meanwhile, “history buffs can learn from Sri Lanka’s rich cultural and religious heritage which dates back to more than 2500 years of recorded history. Ride the train to Sri Lanka’s dry central plains and explore the old city of Anuradhapura where crumbling dagobas and monasteries circle out from a tree that’s more than 2000-years-old”.
Finally, “the food—OMG, the food! If the sights, smells, and sounds you’re likely to encounter in Sri Lanka aren’t enough to piqué your interest in paying a visit, then the food surely will. Heavy on the spice and rich on the flavour, Sri Lankan cuisine, which is mostly meat-free, is phenomenal as a rule”.
Colombo, a city feast of taste, sight and sound
London Unattached says that “Sri Lanka is a country of amazing contrasts and influences” and “ruled by the Portuguese, who arrived in 1505, the Dutch and then by the British until it achieved independence in 1948”.
“This is clearly demonstrated on the streets of the cosmopolitan capital – Colombo. Grand colonial buildings, Roman Catholic churches, Buddhist temples and mosques all sit comfortably side by side.
“Enjoy the bustling markets, open green spaces and widely differing architecture and absorb the history of this fascinating country. We explored in open-topped World War II jeeps with Colombo by Jeep—a fabulous way to see and photograph the city—creating a fair few photo opportunities of our own, too.”